Interesting Facts about Insects

Have you ever seen insects? They are found in a variety of forms. Their body consists of three parts- head, thorax and abdomen. Insects are small in size with six legs on its body. The shell of their body is hard to touch and most have wings to fly. They live mostly on land but are also found in oceans or in very cold places like Antarctica. Bee, Ant, and Housefly are some examples of an insect. MerrySpell team will enlighten you today with some interesting facts you should know about insects.

Interesting facts about insects

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1. The insects have a lifespan of less than a year

The average life of mayflies is nearly from one to twenty-four hours. They have the shortest lifespan among insects. The largest insect measures around 70 grams.

2. Insects can smell, see, taste, hear and touch the environment through their sense organs

Antennae (feelers) are the main sense organs located on the head of the insects. Antennae are used for heat, vibration, sensing touch and particularly for smell and touch. The feelers are protected with the long tiny hairs on their head.

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3. Insects are divided into two groups

The winged insects and the wingless insects are the two main categories of insects. Silverfish and bristletails are grouped under winged insects whereas dragonflies, butterflies, bees, etc. are grouped under wingless insects.

4. Insects are found on the whole planet

They can live in the hot deserts as well as in the cold snowy mountain regions. The majority of the insects live on land. It is said that around 90% are terrestrial insects.

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5. Insects can communicate in a variety of manner

They communicate through touch, sound and smell to send out signals to other species.

6. Insects eat plenty amount of food

Majority of the insects eat plants, leaves, seeds, nectar or wood but there are insects who feed on other insects as well.  Some insects drink blood and some even feed on the scraps that has been left behind.

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7. The life cycle of an insect

The lifecycle of an insect consists of three stages: egg, larva and pupa. Life begins as an egg. The Larva is formed on hatching of the eggs.  At the final stage, the larva arrives into the pupa. An adult insect finally comes out of the pupa.

8. Spiders are not insects

The spider’s body consists of a combined head and thorax, and the abdomen. The spiders have two body parts whereas the body of the insects consists of three parts.

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"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance;
it is the illusion of knowledge."-Daniel J. Boorstin

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